The government of François Legault complies with the decision of Judge Chantal Masse of the Superior Court of Quebec to exempt the homeless from the curfew in effect in Quebec until February 8.
This was announced by the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, on Twitter, early Wednesday.
“We have taken note of the decision rendered last night and do not intend to challenge it. Since the start of the curfew, our desire has been for people experiencing homelessness to be guided to the right resources and not to bring them to justice, ”he explains.
The government will therefore modify its decree to exempt homeless people.
The Superior Court of Quebec suspended, on Tuesday, the application of the decree on the curfew for the homeless, in the wake of the death of a homeless person in Montreal a little over a week ago.
In her decision, Judge Chantal Masse considers that the curfew, which requires all Quebecers to remain at their homes from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., cannot apply to the homeless since they, by definition, do not have no residence.
“We will continue to support our partners by giving them the resources required to continue their work, whether by adding space or human resources,” added Minister Carmant.
The legal proceedings were launched in the wake of the death of Raphaël André, a 51-year-old Innu itinerant found dead in a chemical toilet. The man, who was the subject of a warrant for his arrest for breaching a promise to appear in connection with a threat charge, was likely seeking hiding from the police during the curfew.
His death a few steps from a refuge closed for the night had caused a wave of indignation, among others in the community, thus generating several calls for the homeless to be exempted from the decree ordering the curfew.
Prime Minister François Legault had rejected this proposal, arguing that anyone could pass themselves off as an itinerant, a remark that had wanted many criticisms.